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Brimming with many of Chicago’s best-known attractions, Lakeview is an exciting neighborhood to call...

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Your Guide to Lakeview

Brimming with many of Chicago’s best-known attractions, Lakeview is an exciting neighborhood to call home. Known as a destination for entertainment and leisure, Lakeview boasts a variety of restaurants, theaters, shops, and parks all within walking distance. Wrigleyville and Boystown, smaller enclaves in the heart of Lakeview, attract a vibrant and eclectic culture to the area. Lakeview has a variety of real estate and entertainment options for you to enjoy. Click here for more

Lakeview is located four miles north of the Chicago Loop. Lake Michigan is directly east, offering views of the lake and cool summer breezes. Lakeview occupies 3.2 square miles and is the second largest populated community of Chicago.

In the early 19th century, Lakeview was settled by Swedish and German immigrant farmers and Swiss-born pioneer Conrad Sulzer, after whom the Sulzer Regional Library was named. In 1998, Chicago Mayor Daley funded $3.2 million to add permanent street decorations to celebrate Lakeview’s gay community. Referred to as Boystown, this part of Lakeview is the first ever government recognized gay community.

Lakeview is conveniently located near Lake Shore Drive, and about three miles from the Kennedy Expressway, which connects Indiana to Wisconsin. Public transportation is the mode of mobility most residents of Lakeview chose. The CTA Red Line, CTA Purple Line, and CTA Brown Line operate numerous stops within Lakeview that travel from northern Chicago to the Chicago Loop. CTA Bus Service in Lakeview runs to Lake Michigan, Downtown Loop, or to neighboring communities.

Lakeview residents have a constant array or dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife options to choose from any day or night of the week. Near Addison and Clark, surrounding Wrigley Field, are numerous sports bars and pubs that fill up on game days. Summer in Lakeview is an incredible celebration of live music, outdoor festivals, al fresco dining and walks along the beautiful Lakefront Trail. Wrigley Field and the Clark Street bar scene are the places to be for sports fans, while local art shows and food festivals attract Chicagoans from across the city and suburbs.

Chicago Park District maintains over 40 parks in the Lakeview area, including swimming and gym facilities at Gill Park and a mini-golf and driving range at Diversey Driving Range.

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